1. Join "Deck The Blogs" and Win!

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    This December, it's time to "Deck The Blogs!"  All month long "Deck The Blogs" will provide a way for bloggers to share their favorite holiday crafts, recipes, and DIYs for chance to be featured on Papernstitch Blog, Crafted Love, C.R.A.F.T., or Craftyminx
    Each week a winner will be chosen and featured here, on Ninth & Bird, and then later will be featured on one of the sponsoring blogs!  Everyone has their favorites - their holiday traditions and recipes they make every year - SO LET'S SHARE THEM!

    This Week: Get featured on Craftyminx and your blog button added to Craftyminx for a month!

    Here is how to enter:

    1. Blog about your favorite holiday craft, recipe, or DIY project.
    2. Copy and paste the code below to add the button to your blog post.
    3. Use the linking tool below to add your blog post to "Deck The Blogs!"
    (make sure you submit the URL for the specific post) 

    #DeckBlogs  @ninth_bird

    Deck The Blogs
    Ninth and Bird

  2. It's Time to Deck The Blogs!

    Sunday, November 27, 2011

    This Tuesday, November 29th, I will be launching the first annual "Deck The Blogs!"  With the idea of spreading and sharing holiday bliss - "Deck The Blogs" will provide a way for bloggers to share their favorite holiday crafts, recipes, and DIYs for a chance to win!

    Four of the best craft blogs have come together to sponsor this event: Papernstitchblog, C.R.A.F.T, Craftyminx, and Crafted Love - all the sponsors will feature a winner on their blog, and some even offering a free ad space for a month!  And all you have to do is submit your projects, linking to the page they are found on!

    I love December!  It's always filled with fun crafts, recipes, and DIYs for the holidays.  Let's get together and share them!  I hope everyone participates and gets inspiration from those involved!  Stop back this Tuesday to participate!

    Much Love!

    Ninth and Bird

  3. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thursday, November 24, 2011

    Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I'm off to celebrate with my friends and probably eat more than I should at "Friendsgiving!"  Much love! Ninth and Bird

  4. DIY Sunburst Twig Wreath

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    It’s wreath season!  This Sunburst Twig Wreath was fun and is going to add to our Thanksgiving (a.k.a."friendsgiving") decorations.  I can't wait for the fun to start!  It was a pretty simple project overall, and here’s what we did.

    DIY Sunburst Twig Wreath

    1}   Gather sticks of various sizes and lengths – we gathered ours from a neighboring ditch…

    2}   Cut a piece of cardboard into the shape of a circle (about 7 inches) and cut out a whole in the middle (about 3 inches).  Then wrap the cardboard in hemp and secure in hot glue. 

    3}   Place larger sticks on the cardboard and begin planning where you want them to be.  I spaced out the fatter sticks first and glued them down with hot glue.  Add the rest of the sticks, securing with hot glue, until it is full around the circle. 

    4}   Trim the ends of the sticks until you have the shape of wreath you want.

    5}   Use silver or gold spray paint to cover all of the sticks.  This covers will cover any glue that is visible and makes the sticks have a holiday shine!

    6}   Take a piece of ribbon and tie a bow for the wreath – hot glue it to the wreath (you may need a good amount of hot glue sticks for this project!)  Add small pine cones, holly, or whatever you’d like to spice up your wreath! Enjoy!

    Ninth and Bird

  5. My friend Amanda and I have been preparing a few decorations for “Friendsgiving!”  It’s going to be the best Thanksgiving ever, filled with friends and amazing food… I can hardly wait!  We made four Painted Wine Bottle Trees for the tables.  I think they turned out rather adorable!  What do you think?

    DIY Painted Wine Bottle Trees

    1}   Soak wine bottles in hot water until the labels are able to come off easily.  We left the bottles soaking over night, which worked really well.  Scrub the labels off and dry the bottles.

    2}   Use white spray paint to evenly coat wine bottles; let them dry.

    3}   Use a paper towel to cover the bottom half of the bottles.  Use a piece of tape to hold paper towel on – but don’t let it touch the fresh paint. 

    4}   Spray an even layer of the spray-on glue and sprinkle with white glitter.  Let it dry and then remove the paper towel.  Repeat on all bottles.

    5}   Take a roll of hemp and wrap along the border of the white paint and the glittered area.  Secure with a dab of hot glue.

    6}   Gather branches and twigs that you want to stick inside the bottles.  (Paint them if you want!  ..maybe shimmery gold paint!)  Place them on your Thanksgiving table and enjoy!

    Ninth and Bird

  6. Mason Jar Hot Apple Cider

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Thanksgiving is approaching, and what better to make than Hot Apple Cider?  The Mason Jar makes this festive drink adorable, and the hemp gives it a heat proof grip.  The best part?!  The smell of it simmering on the stove makes the whole house smell like the holidays!  I love it!

    Mason Jar Hot Apple Cider//

    1}   1 gal. Apple Cider
    2}   1 Orange, sliced
    3}   2 Cinnamon Sticks
    4}   2 tsp Whole Cloves
    5}   1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
    6}   1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

    Mix all ingredients together in big pot.  Bring pot to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally.  Let simmer for at least 20 minutes.  While that is brewing - wrap hemp around a mason jar and secure with hot glue.  Once everything is ready - serve and enjoy!

    Ninth and Bird

  7. Warm in Washington

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    (Image via // Indelible Photo Co.)
    I am obsessed with my SageFringe crochet headbands!  They are beautifully crafted out of Washington, and I love Macy's work.  All of it is quite perfect for Fall accessorizing!  I have two of them myself and I love them.  Christmas gift list: check, check!!  But I may just have to order this eggplant scarf for myself!  And then, perhaps someday I'll learn how to crochet myself - fingers crossed! 

    Do you love her as much as I do!?  Well, if you do you can send Macy some love on Facebook!  I hope you have a wonderfully warm day!

    Ninth and Bird

  8. The Pine Cone Pumpkin

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Carving a pumpkin is so much fun!  I didn't want to make the typical jack-o-lantern face (mostly because Halloween is over) so I carved a shape that could last through Thanksgiving.  I gathered up a few pine cones, some hot glue, hemp, and Ta-Dah!  An adorable Fall pumpkin!

    Ninth and Bird

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